"The freed slave must have bread, and to get it he must work. He will work where his labor is most in demand and best requited, and the cost of his labor to his employer will be much less than it ever has been to his owner." It would seem some did not get this memo.
So, the Federal government was paying the slave owners for the service of their slaves then giving the slaves their freedom but at the time they entered said service, there was no specified expiration date? And they handed out a bonus too? Soooo, who got paid when Sherman stomped through and led the slaves away from their homes?
Gotta go back and reread and rethink? This is one of those 'watergate' moments. Bet some historians hoped this would never see daylight. This is the same Federal Government that thinks it can run healthcare when it can't run a post office? Ohhhh, MY!!!